Neil Simon's 'The Prisoner of Second Avenue' Opens August 7

The Woods Hole Theater Company presents Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy, “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” beginning August 7 at the Woods Hole Community Hall. Directed by Ruthe Lew, performances will be August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23 at 8 PM.  

The story revolves around the problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of New York City. Mel Edison has just lost his job after many years and now he and his wife have to cope with being unemployed in middle age. This occurs during a heat wave, a prolonged garbage strike, noisy neighbors, street noise and even a daylight robbery. 

Barry Lew and Louise Patrick star as Mel and Edna Edison. Other cast members are Cathy Smith, Sharyn Waters, Susan Weliky and Grant Willis.

“The Prisoner of Second Avenue” premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and closed after 798 performances with Peter Falk and Lee Grant starring as Mel and Edna. The production received 1972 Tony Award nominations for best play. The film version stars Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft. Screenplay was by Mr. Simon.  

In addition to "Lost In Yonkers”, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, Mr. Simon’s plays and musicals include “Come Blow Your Horn.” “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Sweet Charity,” “Promises, Promises” and "Plaza Suite.” 

There will no performance August 16, the day before the Falmouth Road Race.

Tickets are $15. For reservations phone 508-540-6525.

The Woods Hole Community Hall is at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole.

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